Friday, December 2, 2011

My Winter Holiday Reading List

Finally finished the first eight books in the Sookie Stackhouse Series.... only to find out that there are 3 more books in the series. 

Oy vey. Not that I don't like the series - but my goodness how much more drama can Charlaine Harris put Sookie through? Well, I'll be sure to find out and tell you. 

In addition to reading the next three books in the series, I'll be adding a few other books that I've been looking forward to. Looks like the majority of my Hanukkah gifts this year are going to be books:

Sookie Stackhouse Series – Books 9, 10, 11

If you like the HBO Show True Blood, then you might like these books. The show takes what Harris provides and amplifies it by a billion. The actors stay trueto their characters, but the drama and action is more intense than the book. However, Charlain Harris does a great job maintaining just the right amount of suspense in each chapter. 

In addition, to really understand the “supernatural” world that Bon Temps is, you must read the books. The show includes as many important details as they can – without boring you – but the truth is there is a lot they leave out.

I definitely recommend.

Dead and Gone

For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the localwere pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther.

But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres. Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided tofollow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.  

Dead in the Family

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Fae War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's mad. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship. And, as the political implications of the shifters' coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to one particular Were draws herinto the dangerous debate.

Dead Reckoning

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master.

The Lady of The Rivers – Cousins’ War Series 3

I have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I put The Red Queen down (which I also recommend). This series gives you insight into the kingdom preceding the infamous Henry VIII.

You might have wondered what people did back then before TV, the Internet and Twitter. However, if you read the books, you’ll realize that they had a lot to occupy their time: plotting against the king, seducing politicians, balls, gaming etc.

I definitely recommend catching up before starting the final book in the series:

Watch the video below where Philippa tells the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigates the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses, and becomes the mother of the White Queen.

A Game of Thrones

Not really sure what to expect when it comes to this series. I love the Camelot stories and I love reading about the fight for the throne. So basically, I think I’m on the right track in selecting this series as a part of my reading list.

If anyone has ever read these books, please leave your comments in the section below! Until then, all I have is this to go off of:

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has become, in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy.

Martin—dubbed the “American Tolkien” by Time magazine—has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom. It is this very vitality that has led it to be adapted as the HBO miniseries “Game of Thrones.”

That’s my reading list for the winter. Have any recommendations? Leave them in the comment section! 


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